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HOLOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED BY TAHMASP KULI AFSHAR (XADIE SHAH).
(Through the courtesy of Abdul Mai id Eelshah.)

[Purport.—Nadir acknowledges his indebtedness for the boot (en which he has written these
lines) to his General, Keiumars Khan. He adds that as he is too busy to read it himself he will
return it to its author for the purpose.]

CHAPTER LXXI

THE   CONQUESTS   OF   NADI&  SHAH
We, whose -wishes were for such a day, after appointing guards for our
camp, and invoking the support of an all-powerful Creator, mounted and
advanced to the charge. For two complete hours the action raged with
violence and a heavy fire of cannon and musketry was maintained. After
that, by the aid of the Almighty, our lion-hunting heroes broke the line of
the enemy and chased them from the field 'of battle, dispersing them in every
direction.—From NADIR SHAH'S own account of the Battle of Karnal.
The Punitive Expedition against the Bakhtiaris.—Nadir
Shah had undoubtedly resolved on a career of conquest
long before he ascended the throne. Apart from his
ambition he must have realized that he owed his position
to the army and that to maintain it further successes were
necessary. Moreover, to pay a krge standing force was
beyond the resources of exhausted Iran,
The first expedition he undertook after his coronation
was against the Bakhtiaris.1 These tribesmen had a few
i Owing to the influence of the Sorter Assad, who lived at Teheran as a hostage
and like Mir Vais, learned the weakness of the central government, the Bakhtians
have played a leading and not unprofitable part in the recent struggles for constitutional
government.
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